2021 Action Plan for New Black Nationalistsby W. Bernell Brooks lll on 02/10/21
In our January 1, 2020, message New Black Nationalists stated "The 2020's will be a decade of crisis, war, revolution, and the collapse of American Empire."
After fifteen million Black-led protesters revolted against George Floyd's murder across the globe; 450,000 COVID-19 pandemic deaths, two impeachment trials' of Donald Trump, and a deadly white nationalists coup to overrun the U.S. Capitol last month, our predictive model is tracking with the confluence of events.
The current trajectory of American Empire is unstainable.
As things now stand, developments threaten to outpace our ability to process the theories and analysis needed to convert the looming existential crisis and civil war into a grand strategy to create a Black nation. New Black Nationalists are therefore compelled to modify and accelerate production of the theoretical instruments of insurgency.
The four critical projects outlined here reflect the critical areas we must address to prepare for an escalating national struggle. Beginning in February 2021, New Black Nationalists will take up the following tasks this year;
1. Adopting the corpus of Franz Fanon works as the guiding ideological system of the New Black Nationalist Movement on February 28, 2021, and completing an analysis of how Fanon's writings (Fanonism) align with NBN's Statement of Principles by February 2022.
2. Increase the international outreach and influence of the new Black Diaspora Movement initiative we launched in September 2020.
3. Expand our exchanges and deepen our relationship with the broader Black Feminist Movement.
4. Initiate a study project on the history, practice, and theories that have guided "Black majority rule" in South Africa from 1994 to the present.
Background, Notes, and Study Materials for 2021
These tasks grow directly out the advances we made in 2020 in tripling our website's readership. They acknowledge the need to prepare for the transition from a pre-revolutionary to a revolutionary period.
When the NBN-Movement coalesced in early 2018, our mission to rebuild the canons of Black Nationalist thought first required that we demarcate our trend from Black Atlanticists, Afrofuturists, Afrocentrists, Afropessimists, Pan-Africanists, Black Separatists, Religious Nationalists and the Black-left.
Second, we needed to re-establish the foundational principles Black Nationalism by reaffirming Black people in Americas' settler state constitute a historically developed nation, with a distinct Black identity and culture. We also reaffirmed that the historic goal of Black Nationalism since the Martin Delaney's attempts in the 1850's to create a Black nation in Africa, is the struggle for land and the establishment of a Black majority-led nation.
Having accomplished these two objectives and developed the "Statement of Principles" in January 2020, it became clear that our project was still incomplete.
We lacked an overarching philosophy concerning the nature of knowledge, reality and existence that cohered with the ideological belief system embodied in our Black Nationalist principles. Frantz Fanon's extensive works emerged as the nexus fusing New Black Nationalists ideology to a celestial philosophical universe powered by phenomenology, dialectics, and "the lived experience."
The Black Diaspora Movement
In the course of 2020, New Black Nationalist thought also began making inroads among radicalizing youth and millennials in the U.S. and internationally whose protests migrated outside the political boundaries of the legacy Black Lives Matters Movement.
Our analysis identified a new global BLM 2.0 tendency, marked by divergent millennial and radical feminist impulses of Black consciousness. In October 2020, we initiated a new Black Diaspora Movement to test the proposition that the largest black international uprising in history is signaled the sunrise of a new Global South.
We were moved to action by Professor Sebabatso Monoeli's observation that, "The current discourse on Black Lives Matter does not yet include anti-Black racism beyond how the west and white settler states experience and theorize it" (We Have No Harlem in Sudan - June 30, 2021).
A Strategic Alliance with Black Feminists
Central to New Black Nationalists theory of revolutionary possibilities and nationhood in the 2020's is continuing our efforts to develop a strategic alliance with Black Feminists.
Among our writings in 2020, we engaged on the matters of Feminism in the Afrofuturist and Africanfuturist movements, the feminist underpinnings of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Black Feminism and Black identity and Black Nationalism, and Black Feminism and Frantz Fanon.
We cannot emphasize enough that the cornerstone of our revolutionary nationalist project is our relationship with the broad and complex Black Feminist Movement. It's no accident that many of our analytical articles are influenced by Black Feminist thought. Since the 1960's Black feminists have been flipping the world right-side up, while Black Nationalists have languished somewhat in the nostalgia of the Black Power.
The South Africa Study Project
While completing our projected year-long project to comprehensively development our analysis of Fanon's works, secondarily we are beginning a new study project on the South African revolutionary experience since Mandela and the ANC took power in 1994.
There are several good reasons and benefits to study the South African experience now.
Arguably, South Africa's Black radicals, Feminists, Afropessimists, Nationalists, Marxists and Biko/Fanon Black Consciousness adherents are the most well versed readers of revolutionary theory on the planet. The ruling African National Congress alone was founded 110 years ago.
With all the revolutionary experience the ANC and its allies possessed being legal, then banned organizations before ascending to power as a ruling coalition, how did Black majority rule leave the old white dominated neo-colonialist system of exploitation in place?
New Black Nationalists' point is that the same thing could happen here in the midst of an existential crisis and governmental collapse. It is entirely possible that an imminent government collapse combined with the prospects of a long, bloody, and inconclusive civil war could lead to a brokered deal allowing left-Social Democrats, and Black and Hispanic Democrats to run most of the country.
Concessions could be granted allowing regional white majority rule in the Mid and Mountain West, while essentially leaving the ruling class in power with restrictions on its control of capital, profit-taking and the macro-economy. Indeed, the "Browning of America," could conceivably become the "Bleaching of America." Such are the times we live in.
On behalf of NewBlackNationalism.com, we look forward to a great 2021. We thank our network participants, all organizations and parties we interacted with, and our international and U.S. readers for making 2020, a great year for our revolutionary movement.
Below please find the recommended reading materials:
The Wretched of the Earth -- Toward the African Revolution
Black Skin, White Masks -- A Dying Colonialism
Frantz Fanon by Peter Hudis
Frantz Fanon Conflicts and Feminisms by C. Denean Sharpley Whiting
Frantz Fanon, A Biography by David Macey
Fanon's Dialectic of Experience of Atu Sekyi-Oto
On South Africa
The President Keepers by Jacques Pauw
Nelson Mandela, Dare Not Linger by Mandla Langa
After the Party by Andrew Feinstein
Thabo Mbeki, Battle for the Soul of the ANC by William Gumede
Becoming Black by Michelle Wright
Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory by Patricia Hill Collins
Black Feminism Reimagined by Jennifer Nash
Culture and Literary Theory
African American Literary Theory, Edited by Winston Napier
The Black Arts Movement, James Edward Smethurst